Mi Voz, Mi Vida: Latino College Students Tell Their Life Stories

Mi Voz, Mi Vida: Latino College Students Tell Their Life Stories

by Andrew Garrod
     
 

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Amid the flurry of debates about immigration, poverty, and education in the United States, the stories in Mi Voz, Mi Vida allow us to reflect on how young people who might be most affected by the results of these debates actually navigate through American society.

The fifteen Latino college students who tell their stories in this book come from a variety

Overview

Amid the flurry of debates about immigration, poverty, and education in the United States, the stories in Mi Voz, Mi Vida allow us to reflect on how young people who might be most affected by the results of these debates actually navigate through American society.

The fifteen Latino college students who tell their stories in this book come from a variety of socioeconomic, regional, and family backgrounds—they are young men and women of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Central American, and South American descent. Their insights are both balanced and frank, blending personal, anecdotal, political, and cultural viewpoints. Their engaging stories detail the students' personal struggles with issues such as identity and biculturalism, family dynamics, religion, poverty, stereotypes, and the value of education.

Throughout, they provide insights into issues of racial identity in contemporary America among a minority population that is very much in the news. This book gives educators, students, and their families a clear view of the experience of Latino students adapting to a challenging educational environment and a cultural context—Dartmouth College—often very different from their childhood ones.

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From the Publisher
"Mi Voz, Mi Vida recounts the opening chapters in the life stories of a Latino generation that will reshape American history in the twenty-first century. Here you will find true tales of strivers who often cross a wide cultural divide in search of ultimate success."—Héctor Tobar, author of Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish Speaking United States

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801473869
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,218,636
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Garrod is Professor Emeritus of Education at Dartmouth College. He is coeditor of Growing Up Muslim: Muslim College Students in America Tell Their Life Stories, First Person, First Peoples: Native American College Graduates Tell Their Life Stories, Balancing Two Worlds: Asian American College Students Tell Their Life Stories, Mi Voz, Mi Vida: Latino College Students Tell Their Life Stories, and Mixed: Multiracial College Students Tell Their Life Stories, all from Cornell.

Robert Kilkenny is Executive Director of the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention and a Clinical Associate in the School of Social Work at Simmons College. He is coeditor of Mixed; Mi Voz, Mi Vida; and Balancing Two Worlds, all from Cornell.

Christina Gómez is Professor of Sociology at Northeastern Illinois University. She is coeditor of Mi Voz, Mi Vida and Mixed, both from Cornell.

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